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Spice Cake with Brown Butter Frosting

If you're in the mood for a fall dessert, look no further: this spice cake with brown butter frosting is perfect for the crisp season.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 1130 kcal


For The Cake

  • 3 Eggs, large
  • 3 cups Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups Canola Oil
  • 1 ½ cups Apple Sauce, unsweetened
  • 2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3 ¾ cups All Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon, ground
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger, ground
  • 1 teaspoon Nutmeg, ground
  • ½ teaspoon Cloves, ground
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Sour Cream

For The Frosting

  • 1 cup Butter, softened
  • 16 oz Cream Cheese
  • 6 cups Confectioners' Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon, ground
  • 1-2 tablespoon Milk


For The Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray three 8" cake pans with nonstick cooking spray and line the bottom with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, canola oil, applesauce and eggs. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Add vanilla extract and beat until combined.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt. Whisk until blended.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredient bowl. Beat with electric mixer until just combined. Fold in sour cream until well blended.
  • Divide batter evenly between 3 prepared cake pans. Bake for 40 minutes, or until toothpick pocked into the centre comes out clean.
  • Once cakes are baked, remove from oven and allow to cool 5-10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

For The Frosting

  • While the cakes are baking, begin the frosting. In a medium saucepan, add butter over low/medium heat. Allow butter to bubble until it begins to brown, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat and transfer to a heatproof bowl. Allow to cool completely before moving to next step.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine (cooled) browned butter, cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Beat with an electric mixer, adding 1-2Tbsp of milk to soften, until smooth and fluffy.

Cake Assembly

  • Level the top of each cake layer with a sharp serrated knife.
  • Add a layer of frosting between each layer. Cover cake and chill for approximately 30 minutes.
  • Once chilled, frost cake with remaining frosting as desired.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Calories: 1130kcalCarbohydrates: 151gProtein: 8gFat: 57gSaturated Fat: 21gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 133mgSodium: 611mgPotassium: 249mgFiber: 2gSugar: 117gVitamin A: 1174IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 175mgIron: 3mg
Keyword autumn dessert, brown butter frosting, cake, cake recipes, fall dessert, spice cake
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